Vinyl VS. Lamination Flooring comparison Guide
House owners would balance the pros and cons of Vinyl Plank and Laminated flooring when chose the most affordable option for hardwood flooring. Both kinds of flooring are promised to be durable, affordable and easier to maintain than hardwoods, however, how much do you know their exact difference against each other, and which flooring is a better choice for your home?
Major differences between vinyl and laminate flooring
Vinyl flooring is a 100% synthetic material. In standard sheet vinyl and vinyl tiles, the base layer is usually fiberglass which is then coated with PVC vinyl and a plasticizer. The finished flooring sheet is printed and embossed with a surface print layer. Over these processes, multiple wear layers are applied, along with a layer of no-wax polyurethane. With vinyl plank flooring, the core layer is a thicker, multi-layer PVC vinyl. Luxury vinyl flooring comes in planks or tiles that fit side to side to form a floating floor. The overall thickness for vinyl flooring ranges from 1.5mm for sheet vinyl to 5mm for luxury vinyl planks.
Laminate flooring is similar to the luxury vinyl plank in its look and method of installation. But the major difference is that its core is made from wood byproducts bonded with resins. The top surface is a hard, transparent plastic wear layer that covers the printed design layer. The overall thickness for laminate flooring planks ranges from 6mm to 12 mm.
Side by side comparison of vinyl and laminate flooring
Extremely durable. Heavy furniture can cause denting. Vinyl plank can tear when dragging heavy objects.
|Durability||Extremely durable. Heavy furniture can cause denting. Vinyl plank can tear when dragging heavy objects.||Extremely durable. It is prone to scratching over time. May also chip at the corners with extensive wear.|
Can be cleaned using steam mops or wet mops. Non-abrasive, mild cleaners should be used.
|Can be cleaned with laminate-specific products or a stamp mop. Wet mops should never be used. Acetone can be used to remove difficult stains.|
|Maintenance||No wax should ever be used on vinyl. No wax polishes can be used to restore shine.||The laminate-specific product can be used to restore shine. Products can be used to repair scratches and chips as needed.|
|Styles||Available in a variety of wood styles, including oak, mahogany, and cherry.||Available in a variety of wood styles, including oak, mahogany, and cherry. Also available in travertine, ceramic, and stone styles.|
Floating or peel-and-stick
|Color||Available in many colors including white, gray, light and dark wood finishes, and black||Available in many colors including white, gray, light and dark wood finishes, and black|
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